My name is Danielle and I use she/her pronouns. I feel honored to be a part of the Burien Co-Op community. I was introduced to BCP in 2016 as a nanny to an attending family. I have wanted to be a part of BCP ever since! The joy, growth and learning that happens through play, tinkering and friendship is magical. I feel privileged to be a part of this unique and special community.
I am a cheerful, conscientious, kind, inclusive, gentle, creative and caring individual. I enjoy using art, music and general goofiness to find each individual’s voice and method of
expression. I’m emotionally supportive and adaptable, outgoing and friendly.
My husband Tori and I share our home with 3 large dogs (a Saint Bernard named Frank, a Mastiff named Axl, and an adorable mutt named Nala), 3 cats (George, Wilbur, and Bubbles), and 1 Sun Conure named Izzy. I spend my time outside of the class hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, camping (any excuse to be in nature) and mixed media arts.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Oil Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington. I have been a nanny for 10 years, 7 of those were spent with toddlers. I volunteered at Childhaven in the infant room through college. I have been creating environments for children to grow for years.
I strive to keep a safe and supportive environment in order for everyone to have fun while learning. Being outside and learning about the natural world around us is important to me.
Every tactile, messy, sensory experience gives young minds a flood of information. I wholeheartedly believe in the value of play-based education. Creating a space where there are no wrong ways to learn is integral in my approach. I support child-lead play because they will come up with things we couldn’t imagine. Each child sees the world differently and it is vital to me to learn the individual’s needs. We will build a room that is a “yes” space and we can all grow together.
I have been told my dedication and genuine love for children is exemplified by my unique talent for naturally syncing with children’s rhythms through verbal and nonverbal outlets for expressing themselves. Also that I am adept at allowing children to spontaneously transition into art from play! The family I have worked with the longest said: “She celebrates their successes and risk-taking; she delights in their adventures, their drawings, their worlds of pretend, and their accomplishments and developed skills. It is obvious though, in the way she speaks of the other children at BCP and in her interactions with them, that Danielle truly loves ALL children. She celebrates each child’s unique individuality and character. She is a
cheerleader for children, and they feel it.”
I love working with children and am delighted to be brought on as the Toddler teacher! This is a dream come true and I look forward to building relationships with each child that comes
through BCP. This opportunity has me eager to start the year!